0800044 - U.S. NAVY TRAINING FILM - ASROC WEAPONS SYSTEM - INTRODUCTION 1963 Black & White 20:30
This was a 1963 Navy training film featuring the antisubmarine rocket (ASROC) and its shipboard launcher. ASROC was an integrated, surface-to-underwater nuclear weapon system designed primarily for use against fast-attack enemy submarines.
In a real-life battle situation, a ship’s special sonar would pick up signals from the submarine. There was a computer-driven attack console manned by Navy specialists. As soon as the submarine was located, the specialists would determine whether to use a nuclear-tipped torpedo or a nuclear depth charge with the ASROC. The film details how to load and fire the weapon from the eight-rocket launcher.
In peacetime, the ships carrying the ASROCs provided extensive training using simulators, which gave the trainees a realistic feeling on how to respond when sonar detects an enemy submarine.